1. The programme framework is ready
  2. Venue stood the test
  3. Committees ready to start working
  4. 1st Circular: Call for session proposals
  5. Oslo's new signature
  6. POLARCAT won the race for first proposal
  7. All programme proposals welcome
  8. IPY Open science in St.Petersburg
  9. Programme of 39 sessions
  10. Offer to registered participants: 30 percent discount on excursion to Svalbard
  11. IASC provides travel support to early career scientists
  12. 2nd Circular: Call for abstracts
  13. Time to get a booth at PolarEXPO!
  14. PolarCINEMA ready to receive polar films and TV-documentaries
  15. Steven Chown to be awarded the Martha T Muse Prize at IPY-OSC
  16. The IPY ‘From Knowledge to Action’ Conference to be held in Montreal in 2012
  17. Unique opportunity for science teachers
  18. A new precedent for the involvement of early career scientists
  19. Several opportunities to get travel support
  20. More than 2200 abstracts submitted on deadline
  21. Registration now open
  22. 400 stipends distributed to early career polar scientists
  23. Get your Letter of Invitation
  24. Invitations out for the PolarTEACHERS conference
  25. PolarCINEMA committee very satisfied with the turnout
  26. More than 2500 abstracts accepted
  27. RV Oceania to Oslo for IPY-OSC
  28. Institutions invited to indicate interest for the PolarFESTIVAL
  29. Poster guidelines
  30. Time slots allocated for sessions
  31. Book before 6th May: Glaciers and fjords - excursion to the scenic highlights of Western Norway
  32. Draft programme ready
  33. HRH Crown Prince Haakon will open the IPY-OSC 2010
  34. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will attend the conference
  35. 9th June Keynote: Katherine Richardson
  36. 10th June Keynote: Ole Henrik Magga
  37. Tinker Foundation travel grants for Latin American participants
  38. 11th June Keynote: David Barber
  39. 12th June Keynote: Alexander Frolov
  40. 2200 have registered so far
  41. Make sure your media contacts are invited
  42. PolarEXCHANGE with Sue Nelson
  43. Patrick Webber awarded with the first IASC Medal
  44. Arctic sea ice cover heading towards another record low?
  45. Teachers and young scientists join forces in Oslo
  46. Making marfu and melting ice
  47. Preparing for tomorrows polar science
  48. Launch of the Polar Information Commons (PIC) Tuesday afternoon
  49. Cruising the Oslo Fjord for polar history
  50. Warm opening of a cool conference
  51. A territory of dialogue
  52. From policy to action
  53. Signing agreement for cooperation
  54. Rising sea levels on the agenda
  55. Prestigious prize for work in Antarctica
  56. Polar expedition to the FRAM Museum
  57. More cold and snowy winters to come
  58. Arctic and Antarctic partners sign agreement on polar education
  59. Medal for science and inspiring mentorship
  60. Science should incorporate indigenous knowledge
  61. A road movie on ice
  62. Data on ice loss in the Arctic Ocean can be misleading
  63. On the making of polar documentaries
  64. Encounters on Polar Street
  65. Morning plenary: Vladimir Kattsov
  66. International Polar Year officially closed
  67. Survey shows Norwegians believe in science
  68. 1st Circular out for IPY 2012 MONTRÉAL
  69. 2nd Circular out for IPY 2012 in Montreal
  70. Reminder: Call for abstracts
  71. One week left till Abstract Deadline
  72. Updating the IPY Publications Database for the IPY 2012 Conference in Montreal
  73. Time to register for the IPY 2012 conference

Institutions invited to indicate interest for the PolarFESTIVAL

festival ing (Ingressbilde)

During the IPY-OSC, on the 9th and the 10th of June, there will be a public PolarFESTIVAL in the Oslo city centre. Parts of the square in front of the Oslo Town Hall are reserved for this event. At the same time there will be a spectacular show of large and small research vessels in the harbour.

The PolarFESTIVAL will held in one of the most attractive public sites in the city centre. During summer the Town Hall Square, Aker Brygge and the rest the harbour is very popular with tourists and locals alike.

Tents will be put up along the quay to accommodate exhibits and booths. Research vessels docked and anchored in the bay will attract both participants in the conference and the public. On Wednesday the 9th all participants will pass through the area in the afternoon on their way to the barbeque and on Thursday the 10th youth from local schools will be specially invited to visit the PolarFESTIVAL.

Oslo City Centre with the Town Hall, the square and the harbour.Photo: Google Earth 3D
Oslo City Centre with the Town Hall, the square and the harbour.


Norwegian institutions are already planning their profiling activities. Now we are ready to receive indications of interest from international institutions.

The PolarFESTIVAL will be a suitable arena for showing how scientific activities are carried out in polar areas, the equipment needed to get there, survive there, make observations and collect data. It is of course also a place for presenting popular science results. Including small experiments, quiz or hand-outs is always well received.

It is the organisers' intention to showcase polar science, how polar science is done and why it is important. A secondary objective is to create a publicly accessible manifestation of IPY Oslo Science Conference and the extraordinary presence of polar scientists from all over the world.

Practical and economic arrangements

Institutions that want to have a booth at the PolarFESTIVAL need to send an email to to indicate their interest. The email should contain the following details:

• Name of institution
• Contact person / contact details
• A short description of what you plan to show or how you will use the space
• Indication of space required under e tented roof (square meters)
• Indication of large objects or displays to be placed outdoor - and space required for this (square meters)
• Indications of program the institution can offer if a small stage is provided for announcements, brief verbal

Standard tents will be available for free, with power outlets included, as far as space allows. All additional equipment is subject to order. The IPY-OSC secretariat will be able to arrange basic furniture, carpets, audio visual equipment and lights with local providers - or necessary equipment can be shipped in.

Standard tents come in sizes 3x3 meters, 3x5 meters and 5x5 meter.

Participating institutions will have to cover all shipping costs for material or objects, and all manpower needed to put up and staff the booth. The organiser will provide security.

Tents will be in place by mid day on the 8th for installation, and will have to be emptied and removed in the morning of the 11th.

Last updated: 09.03.2010